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Arkansas senior WR Dominique Reed (ankle) will be able to play in Saturday's showdown with Louisiana Tech.

"He looks good," said Arkansas HC Bret Bielema. Reed sprained his ankle in mid-August. Bielema hasn't always been pleased with Reed's work this offseason -- earlier this month, the coach said that he "hasn't had a good summer" -- but appreciates the efforts the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has made of late, saying this week, "He was nothing but a shining star in the rehab. Being on time, 6 in the morning, two or three times a day getting himself back in a position to be out there." Last sesaon, he notched 28 catches for 535 yards and six touchdowns. "I know I’m hard on him," Bielema explained. "I’m hard on him because I love him. I think he’s got a chance to be a special player."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 30 - 3:42 PM

Arkansas redshirt sophomore QB Rafe Peavey will transfer to SMU.

Redshirt junior Austin Allen was already named the team's starter, so Peavey might see a clearer path to playing time at SMU since Allen has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Redshirt freshman Ty Storey and freshman Cole Kelley are now the Razorbacks' primary backups. Peavey underwent back surgery this offseason and will likely redshirt the 2016 season due to transfer regulations.
Aug 24 - 9:55 AM

Arkansas redshirt senior RB Kody Walker is back in a walking boot after a teammate landed on his foot in practice.

Walker broke his right foot during practice in April. He was expected to open the season healthy and as the starting running back, but there might be some uncertainty moving forward. In fact, beat writer Jason Kersey suggests the No. 1 running back could be decided between Rawleigh Williams III and Devwah Whaley. Walker will be in a walking boot for "the next several days."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 16 - 9:55 AM

Arkansas freshman RB T.J. Hammonds recently underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

The injury was of the non-contact variety. This will likely keep Hammonds sidelined for an extended amount of time, and we wonder if he ends up taking a redshirt. We know the Razorbacks lost tow ball carriers to the NFL in Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins, and are looking to reload at the position. Hammonds was recruited as both a receiver and running back.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 16 - 9:35 AM

Arkansas senior WR Dominique Reed will be out at least one week after spraining his ankle.

Reed could miss practice next week as well. "We hope to get him back on game week," Bret Bielema said. "Nothing from a season-long standpoint, but he did roll that ankle pretty good so he will be out for the next week-and-a-half, two weeks." Last season Reed produced 28 catches for 535 yards and six touchdowns. However, Reed's preseason performance has been criticized by coaches and media members due to dropped passes and inconsistency.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 16 - 9:19 AM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema indicated that junior DE Tevin Beanum will return to the team at the start of the fall semester.

Beanum was not on Arkansas' 105-man roster at the start of August camp, as he was dealing with what Bielema termed as a "situation." The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder looks to be in the clear now, though. Said Bielema, "We expect Tevin to join us for sure when school starts if not maybe before. I talked to him Sunday and he was really, really upbeat about everything." Last season, he recorded 30 tackles (7.0 for loss), two sacks and a fumble recovery in 11 games. DC Robb Smith is looking forward to Beanum's return, saying, "We'll get him ready and he'll be ready to go for us. But he's a guy we're certainly counting on."
Aug 12 - 1:23 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema indicated that he is not in favor of SEC student-athletes transferring to other schools in the conference.

"I just think it opens up a box that you don’t necessarily wanna dive in to," Bielema said. He has no issue in assisting players in making transfers outside of the conference, though. Part of his reticence toward in-conference transfers is due to the fact that he would prefer not to have exiting players bringing information over to his main competition. Bielema is not alone on this issue. Alabama HC Nick Saban drew headlines in July for his decision to bar graduate CB Maurice Smith from a transfer to Georgia.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 10 - 2:10 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior QB Austin Allen said that "[g]rowing up, [starting for the Razorbacks was] exactly what I wanted to do."

Allen has had the benefit of a full summer as starter -- he won the gig in spring practice. "I thank Coach B[ret Bielema] for doing that, because I see around the country people not really naming starters," Allen said. "Having the team rally around a starter, I think that’s pretty big. I think that’ll really help out our team this year." The 6-foot-1, 216-pounder is already impressing TE Jeremy Sprinkle, who noted that in practice, Allen is "[p]utting balls right on the money, and has good recognition of defense."
Source: SEC Country
Aug 7 - 2:46 PM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema said that he has no concerns that current 2017 recruits might de-commit as the class size grows.

Arkansas' class currently stands at a healthy 19 recruits for 2017. This week, the Razorbacks netted commitments from three-star prospects in RB Chase Hayden and OL Dalton Wagner, plus four-star DB Montaric Brown. Bielema not only dismissed the prospect of any of those de-committing down the road, he touted his own record in the arena. "I’ve had four kids de-commit to me in my 11 years [as a head coach]," Bielema said. "I think it’s a testament to who we recruit, how we recruit and why we recruit."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 30 - 7:15 PM

ESPNU will begin airing 'Being Bret Bielema' on Wednesday's this August.

Here is a fun one for your Friday. 'Being Bret Bielema' started out as a digital web series documenting Bielema's life and odd times this winter, but gained enough popularity that the World Wide Leader deemed it to be must-see midweek ESPNU viewing. They are giving it the silver screen bump. The series will begin its television run on August 10. In a preview of sorts, a short clip of Bielema murdering a golf ball with an awkward, compact swing was posted to the internet.
Jul 29 - 3:06 PM

Arkansas received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 RB Chase Hayden.

"They don't have a guy like me right now and they told me I can come in and be used all over the place," Hayden said. "They can move me around in the backfield, put me in the slot and just find ways to get the ball in my hands." The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder explained that Arkansas' pitch was mainly "that they need a guy with my skills." Scout.com refers to Hayden as "more quick than fast" and loves his overall feel for the game. The outlet fails to rank him on their overarching master list of recruiting prospects. Rivals is slightly higher on him here, slotting the newest Razorback in at No. 224 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jul 25 - 1:32 PM

Arkansas signed three-star 2016 JUCO DE Michael Taylor.

And you thought the 2016 class was all wrapped up in a neat tidy package. Not quite, at least not quite in the case of Taylor. His late signing with Arkansas comes because he needed to receive clearance on some of his coursework at Riverside City College. Onward and onward, now. Said HC Bret Bielema, "He’ll be here early next week and will be full-go for fall camp. We expect big things and a great career for Michael here at Arkansas." The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder will have three years of eligibility remaining after he links up with the Razorbacks. 247Sports' composite sees him home as a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle. He recorded 50 tackles (11.5 for loss) and four sacks during his freshman campaign at Riverside.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 22 - 2:58 PM

Arkansas redshirt senior RB Kody Walker squatted 700 lbs on Thursday.

The achievement might be even more impressive considering Walker broke his right foot during a practice session in mid-April. He was fully cleared in June. The Razorbacks lost both Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams to the NFL, along with quarterback Brandon Allen and tight end Hunter Henry. The Razorbacks will basically be fielding an entirely new set of skill players this season, and Walker should be a productive member of the backfield.
Jul 22 - 10:16 AM

Arkansas junior WR Jared Cornelius was the only player in the SEC to record a play of 40-plus yards as a receiver, rusher and punt returner in 2015.

Cornelius landed on the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award due to his productive flexibility. The award is handed out annually to the most versatile player in the country. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder finished out the 2015 season having caught 24 passes for 393 yards (16.4 YPC) and three touchdowns. A midseason broken arm sidelined him for four games.
Jul 16 - 2:48 PM

Arkansas redshirt sophomore QB Rafe Peavey underwent back surgery.

Peavey injured his back during a workout earlier this summer and needed to undergo -- as Arkansas put it -- "minor surgery" to mend the ailment. In a statement, HC Bret Bielema said, "I’m confident Rafe will make a full recovery and will build on his strong spring during fall camp." The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder is expected to be ready for the start of camp on August 4. Assuming he can keep the back from barking on him, he should serve as the No. 2 QB behind starter Austin Allen.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 14 - 4:01 PM


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